Motor vehicle collisions both on-road (i.e. with cars,bicycles, or pedestrians) and off-road (i.e. with all-terrain vehicles (ATVs), snowmobiles, or boats) are some of the leading causes of injury in Northwestern Ontario. The Thunder Bay District Health Unit works in promoting safety and preventing injuries in these areas. TBDHU does this by:
- Working with community partners to develop safety related programs & campaigns
- Raising awareness about on & off road safety
- Informing the general public of how to reduce the risks
Road Safety and You
Cycling is one of the healthiest and most environmentally friendly ways to get around town. Cyclists have the same rights and responsibilities as other drivers on the road and it is important to make sure all road users feel safe. To feel more confident and safe when cycling, visit Safe Cycling Thunder Bay to learn about courses offered in the area.
Remember that it is always important to wear your helmet when cycling. By law, it is required for anyone under 18-years old and strongly recommended for everyone else.
Car Seat Safety
Up to 80% of car seats are installed incorrectly, which could lead to serious injury. Further, car seats purchased in the United States and elsewhere may not meet Canada’s standards.
Find out more on our Car Seat Safety page.
ATVs can be fun recreational vehicles, but they are still powerful machines. Every year in the District of Thunder Bay, people are injured and even killed while driving ATVs. Many of those injured are children. It is important to always wear a helmet and other protective clothing, obey the laws and know and understand your ATV or other off-road vehicle. Download the ATV Passenger Safety Poster (PDF), demonstrating proper passenger safety on an ATV.
The TBDHU is part of the SAVE Committee, helping to promote the safe use of off-road vehicles throughout Northwestern Ontario.
There are many injuries and even deaths each year in the District of Thunder Bay due to unsafe boating and watercraft use. Many are linked to not wearing a personal flotation device (PFD) and/or drinking alcohol. Please enjoy the waterways safely!
The TBDHU is part of the SAVE Committee, helping promote the safe use of boats and watercrafts throughout Northwestern Ontario.
Snowmobiling is a great way to enjoy the fresh outdoors. But as with other off-road vehicles, it is important to do so safely. Most, if not all injuries that occur when snowmobiling are preventable.
The TBDHU is part of the SAVE Committee, helping to promote safe use of snowmobiles throughout Northwestern Ontario.
For Further Information
Call the Injury Prevention & Substance Misuse Program: (807) 625-5900
or toll-free: 1-888-294-6630